Is Pancake And Waffle Mix The Same? (Tested)

You may wake up on the weekend craving for waffles to eat for breakfast. You head to your kitchen, open your fridge and to your dismay, find out that you don’t have the essential ingredients to prepare a waffle batter. You remembered that you purchased a mix and began a scavenger hunt for it. You finally find your box of mix neatly placed in the kitchen cabinet. The smile on your face fades away when you read the description on the package. Turns out it is a pancake mix, not a waffle mix.

You may be tempted to use this mix to prepare waffles. Unfortunately, pancake and waffle mix are not the same. The ingredients are similar, but the batter texture is different. Pancake batter is usually runny, whereas waffle batter is thick. With some effort and a handful of helping ingredients, you can convert pancake mix to make waffles, but it will not be the same.

is pancake and waffle mix the same

Can I use Pancake mix for making waffles?

As explained before, the ingredients utilized in the pancake mix are comparable to a waffle mix, but the texture is different. If the consistency is not perfect, it means you will not be having waffles for breakfast. Pouring the pancake mix into the waffle maker will cause it to spill out, and the waffles will come out flappy and soggy.

You might be thinking, “Hey, a lot of people use pancake mix to make waffles. So why can’t I?”

The truth is, there are a lot of factors involved if you are trying to make waffles using a pancake mix.

  1. Which brand of pancake mix are you using? The quality of the waffles, how fluffy and crispy they might be, depends on the brand.
  2. Do you have the cooking experience to transform the pancake into a waffle mix?
  3. Do you have the ingredients to convert the pancake mix so that it makes delicious waffles?

Both of the mixes are different, however, you can use pancake mix for making waffles.

Difference between pancake mix and waffle mix?

At a glance, you might not be able to distinguish between them. However, the fundamental difference between the two is the amount of sugar and fat content. There is more to it, but this is the real distinction, and to be honest, there is no straightforward way to answer this question. However, to save your head from spinning, I’m going to list down ingredients used to make both waffles and pancakes.

Highlighting the main differences in the ingredients and the quantities for pancakes and waffles will make the question apparent.

Ingredients Waffles Pancake
All-purpose flour 2 cups 1½ cups
Salt 1 teaspoon ¼ teaspoon
Baking powder 4 teaspoons 3½ teaspoons
White sugar 2 tablespoons 1 tablespoon
Eggs 2 eggs 1 egg
Milk 1½ cups 1¼ cups
Melted butter ⅓ cup 3 tablespoons, less than ¼ cup
Vanilla essence 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon

Baking powder, sugar, eggs, and melted butter are a few ingredients having a higher dosage when preparing waffles. Waffles have a crispy exterior and are light and fluffy.

Is Belgian waffle mix the same as pancake mix?

The ingredient listed above is to differentiate between a pancake and waffle mix. Don’t mistake a waffle mix for a Belgian waffle mix. That being said, a Belgian waffle mix is not the same as a pancake mix. Belgian waffles require extra fat and sugar compared to regular waffles.

If you are looking to prepare Belgian waffles for breakfast because you love those deep pockets filled with syrup, look at the table below for the ingredients and their quantities.


Ingredients Belgian Waffles Pancake
All-purpose flour 2 ¼ cups 1½ cups
Salt 1 teaspoon ¼ teaspoon
Baking powder 4 teaspoons 3½ teaspoons
White sugar 3 tablespoons 1 tablespoon
Eggs 2 eggs separated 1 egg
Milk 2 cups 1¼ cups
Melted butter 2/3 cup 3 tablespoons, less than ¼ cup
Vanilla essence 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon
Yeast 1/4 oz 0


Belgian waffles require an extra ingredient, yeast and the eggs need to be separated. The egg yolks and white need to be in a separate mixing bowl, properly whisked and then added in the rest of the ingredients.

Instead of adding more fat such as oil, butter, etc. into a pancake or a waffle mix, a more reasonable choice would be to purchase a Belgian waffle mix. You can also go with a brand claiming that their product is suitable for preparing Belgian waffles.

How to turn pancake mix into waffle mix? 

You are yearning for waffles, wanting to bite into that crispy waffle with syrup-filled pockets. Unfortunately, you have a pancake mix at hand, and you want to make waffles with it but are scared because you don’t understand what to do.

Follow the steps to learn how to turn pancake mix into waffles.

Step 1.

First of all, take a deep breath. Check the box for instructions to prepare waffles using the pancake mix. Don’t panic if there isn’t any recipe. Remember, waffles require more fat and sugar, refer to the table above, which will give you an idea of what and how much extra you need to add.

Step 2.

Pour the mix into a mixing bowl. You don’t need to dump all of it. The recipe on the box will instruct the number of cups of pancake mix required depending on how much you want to make.

Step 3.

Add the extra ingredients, and whisk it. The waffle batter should not be runny, it should be thick. This is the difference between pancakes and waffles. Pancake batter is thinner that waffle batter and can be cooked on a flat pan. You don’t need a waffle maker to cook pancakes. Whisk the batter properly and make sure there aren’t any lumps.

Step 4.

Once you get the desired consistency, you are ready to cook waffles, but first, you need to test it. Add a cup of batter, more or less depending on the size of your waffle, and see how your first waffle turns out. The waffle maker should be preheated. Don’t pour the batter onto the cold iron plates and then switch on the waffle maker. It will not cook properly.

Every waffle maker has a light indicator, which shows that it is powered on and preheating. Once done, the waffle maker light will change, indicating that it is ready to be used.

If your cooking experiment turned out to be a success, go ahead and cook more waffles. If not, you may need to add more of the above-mentioned ingredients. But before you start added the ingredients randomly, have a look at your waffle and figure out what’s wrong. Did your waffle turn out to be soggy? Is it not crispy enough? Once you figure out what is wrong, add the required ingredients gradually and test again.

What to do if you can’t make waffles using pancake mix?

If your attempts to convert a pancake mix into a waffle mix have gone to waste there are two things you can do.

1.) Purchase a waffle mix or one with which you can make both waffles and pancakes. You would have to search on the different brands and decide which product is best for you. Depending on the product you purchase, you may have to add a few ingredients into the mix or just add water, if it is a ready-to-go waffle-making mix. Instructions on how to proceed will be written on the box.

2.) Prepare a waffle batter from scratch. Look at the table above and decide if you want to prepare a regular waffle or eat a Belgian waffle for breakfast. For Belgian waffles, you need a Belgian waffle maker.


To conclude, pancake and waffle mix or not the same. However, you can transform a pancake mix to make waffles. The additional ingredients are the key. If you don’t include them, you will end with a runny batter and a slimy waffle maker.

Helen E Robinson

Hello there! I'm Helen E Robinson. A 45 years old mom blogger from Boston. I run a small restaurant. I love to cook since I was a small child. Here I talk about tips, hacks about recipes, cooking, and review Kitchen related gadgets I use for the kitchen.

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